​​Sacramento County bans flavored tobacco products, including…

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | Sacramento, CA

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Following an hours-long debate and public dialogue Tuesday night time, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban flavored tobacco gross sales — together with menthol.

Right here’s what’s banned starting July 2022: candy-flavored e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, menthol cigarettes, and candy cigars usually used to smoke hashish.

The brand new regulation solely impacts gross sales inside unincorporated areas of the county. The town of Sacramento enacted the same ban two years in the past, and Elk Grove did the identical final 12 months. Different cities throughout the county must create their very own legal guidelines in opposition to flavored tobacco.

County companies have six months to dump their present provide of merchandise, or presumably face fines of as much as $25,000 sooner or later, in response to the brand new regulation.

The county’s transfer comes months earlier than Californians vote on a statewide initiative, which might uphold a earlier ban signed into regulation by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.

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Sacramento County supervisors may very well be discussing a ban on flavored tobacco merchandise, together with e-cigarette juice and menthol cigarettes, by the top of this 12 months.

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy joined well being advocates and physicians Thursday to introduce the proposal.

“Ending the sale of all candy-flavored tobacco products, including minty menthol, will save lives,” he stated. “And that’s why we will push hard to pass the ordinance I am proposing to the county supervisors with a sense of urgency.”

A flavored tobacco ban took impact within the metropolis of Sacramento 2020. It requires retailers to “discontinue ordering and restocking flavored tobacco products” or danger having their tobacco retail license suspended or revoked. The ban applies to cigars, cigarillos, vape liquid and hookah tobacco.

Metropolis Councilmember Eric Guerra says it’s been tough to implement the rule whereas flavored tobacco gross sales are nonetheless permitted within the unincorporated county.

“All the great work that the city of Sacramento is trying to do to prevent the influence of tobacco on young kids is minimized or diminished by someone moving their retail license and going across the street,” he stated. 

The town couldn’t present the variety of enterprise licenses which were impacted by the ban. 

Well being advocates and pediatricians say flavored vaporizer juice is designed to get teenagers hooked on nicotine. A UC San Diego evaluation of state information discovered that in Sacramento County, 90% of youngsters who smoke use a flavored product. 

“Nicotine use in children and adolescents changes the way their brains function, and can interfere with attention and learning,” stated Dr. Lesley Desmond, a pediatrician at UC Davis Well being. “And [it] sets them up for an increased risk of cancer later.”

Producers of e-cigarette gadgets and liquid have come beneath authorized hearth in recent times for advertising to kids, and the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has tried to crack down on the pattern.

California handed a ban on flavored tobacco in 2020, however it by no means took impact as a result of tobacco firms filed a referendum, which shall be on the poll in 2022.

Dr. Lynn Silver, a senior advisor with well being advocacy group Public Well being Institute, says native jurisdictions have needed to take the difficulty on themselves. Greater than 100 California cities and counties have handed flavored tobacco bans, in response to the Tobacco Free Youngsters marketing campaign.

“The strategy that’s worked for tobacco control is a combination of raising public awareness about why it’s important and how deadly tobacco is, and supporting and funding community health organizations and others … from smaller cities to the state and federal government … to advance these policies,” she stated.

Advocates additionally level to focused advertising of menthol cigarettes to African Individuals as a purpose to ban all flavored tobacco merchandise.

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